Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club

How to find us, Nearest postcode: BS26 2DL
Coordinates: 51 17’04”N, 2 47’55”W

The sailing club exists to help people enjoy both sailing and windsurfing whatever your ability or age. Anyone is welcome to join and sail at Axbridge reservoir near Cheddar. Although the club atmosphere is relaxed, informal and friendly we aim to provide a professional environment for sports.

Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club is based on Cheddar Reservoir in Somerset. It is recognised as one of the foremost Sailing Clubs in South West England. It’s a great place to sail or windsurf with sparkling clear mineral water and a friendly, informal club. There are no tides to restrict when you sail on Cheddar Reservoir, and the surroundings are lovely, with the Mendip hills providing a beautiful backdrop. The picturesque views make the reservoir a popular destination for walkers, bird watchers and anglers as well as sailors and windsurfers.

Sailing Conditions

The reservoir provides a large area of open water nearly 1 mile in diameter and works best in the prevailing south westerly wind although it's very sailable in all wind directions. The reservoir is elevated above the surrounding Somerset levels and consequently the wind is not obstructed. Launching is easy from a wide flat area.

Club House

Off the water, the club house facilities include changing rooms, hot showers, a spacious club house with training areas, bar and views over the reservoir and the Somerset levels. There is a galley with hot meals on Sundays and Wednesday evenings. The club is fortunate to have undercover storage for dinghies as well as a large car park. Among the club members are some first class sailors competing at national and international level. Some of the youngsters are in the RYA zone squads aspiring to be the Olympic sailors of the future. Others just enjoy pottering about on the reservoir and messing around in boats.

Classes Sailed

The Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club promotes a good racing environment by limiting the number of boat classes to the following:

  • Enterprise, (Enterprise Class Association), (Severnside Area)
  • Laser, (Laser Class Association), (International Laser)
  • Solo, (Solo Class Association)
  • RS200 (RS Class Association)
  • 2000 (2000 Class Association)

In addition, there is also a handicap fleet, which is subject to regular review. At present the fleet comprises:

  • Albacore (Albacore Class Association)
  • National 12, (N12 Class Association)
  • Fireball (Fireball Class Association, International Fireball)
  • RS400 (RS Class Association)
  • Lark (Lark Class Association)
  • Optimist (Optimist Class Association)
  • Mirror (Mirror Class Association)
  • Topper (Topper Class Association)
  • and more

We also have a large number of windsurfers. Windsurfers (UK Windsurfing Association)

 Racing is held on Sundays, usually 4 races starting at 11.00

Also Wednesday evening races April-September starting at 19.00

Casual sailing is permitted during those times and Saturdays subject to sailing calendar and discretion of the OOD.


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